AMMAN/WASHINGTON, Jun 18 (Reuters) – A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in a southern Raqqa panorama with Washington observant a jet had forsaken bombs nearby U.S. corroborated army and Damascus observant a craft was downed while drifting a goal opposite Islamic State militants.
A Syrian army matter expelled on Syrian state radio pronounced a craft crashed and a commander was missing. It pronounced a occurrence took place on Sunday afternoon nearby a encampment called Rasafah.
The “flagrant conflict was an try to criticise a efforts of a army as a usually effective force able with a allies … in fighting terrorism opposite a territory,” a Syrian army said.
“This comes during a time when a Syrian army and a allies were creation transparent advances in fighting a Daesh (Islamic State) militant group.”
Later a U.S. Central Command released a matter observant a Syrian craft was downed “in common self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces,” identified as fighters of a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) nearby Tabqah.
It pronounced that “pro-Syrian regime forces” had progressing pounded an SDF hold city south of Tabqa and bleeding a series of fighters and pushing them from a town.
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Coalition aircraft in a uncover of force stopped a initial advance. When a Syrian army SU-22 jet after forsaken bombs nearby a U.S. corroborated forces, it was immediately shot by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, a matter said.
Before it downed a plane, a bloc had “contacted a a Russian counterparts by write around an determined “de-confliction line” to de-escalate a conditions and stop a firing.”
The bloc does “not find to quarrel a Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces” though would not “hesitate to urge itself or a “partnered army from any threat,” a matter said.
The U.S.-led coalition, that has in new weeks escalated a aerial bombing debate in northern Syria and Raqqa province. U.S.-backed army have encircled a city of Raqqa and prisoner several districts from a militants.
The Syrian army has also taken domain from retreating Islamic State militants in a western Raqqa panorama and seized behind some oil fields and villages that had been underneath a militants’ control for roughly 3 years.